Leather tanning process

Leather has been used for many centuries for its strong and durable properties. It’s not only tough and weather resistant, but also soft and good to look at. However, this is not the case for untreated leather. Rawhide needs to undergo certain processes before it can boast these amazing properties to the full extent. Without the tanning process, the leather will begin to deteriorate and not be as strong, flexible and durable as the leather products we know and love.

Two common tanning methods

The most widely used method is known as chrome tanning whereby the leather is soaked in a solution containing metal chromium. All but approximately 20% of leather products undergo this tanning method. This part of the leather tanning process is what gives it its soft feel and water resistant finish. It also takes well to colour dyes and can endure higher temperatures which are ideal where leather would be used for car upholstery, for example. The other tanning method known as vegetable tanning, whereby the hide is soaked in vegetable liquors, has a few advantages over chrome tanning, such as the ability for the leather to breathe better and stretch better. However, this tanning method is not favourable for leather applications where the leather may be exposed to high temperatures as this could cause it to crack and perish. Vegetable tanned leather is also usually thicker than and not as water resistant as the finished product produced from chrome tanning.

End products of tanning

During the tanning process, the hide hair is removed and then split into an inner and outer layer. The outer layer is the smooth, fine and water resistant layer used for upholstery and jackets while the inner layer is where we find suede leather used for making items such as slippers and other non-water resistant applications.

Plasters for Clothing

    Plasters for Clothing

Leather products are a timeless collection to have. They are manufactured for durability and longevity. A leather coat will stay in your collection for years and years while you change other clothing items frequently. What goes into manufacturing these leather clothing products?  A key component to this is plasters for clothing that are used to strengthen the quality of leather. Some plasters for clothing that are key in producing good quality leather clothing are as per below;

    Vecoplast PN and AM

Vecoplast PN is a mixture of waxy substances and synthetic resins that form a pre-ground for for full-grain leather. It is responsible for closing small defects of the skin by regulating the absorption and thereby producing a leather product without defects. Vecoplast AM is an auxiliary, filling and matting that gives buffed leather finish a good fullness. It has excellent adhesion. Not only is it adhesive, but it also improves cover and levelling of applied mixture. The result is a smoother finish.

    Vecoplast Stucco RA and Stucco 168

Vecoplast Stucco RA is an ivory white viscous liquid that is applied by spatula or rotary cylinder. It is suitable for masking and correcting defects. It is suitable for all types of leather, making it a versatile product. It has excellent buffing qualities and also adheres well to the skin. Vecoplast Stucco 168 is an auxiliary plaster and filling used with the intention of obtaining good coverage and grain reconstruction on buffed leathers. Much like the Stucco RA, it can be applied using a rotary cylinder. Spraying could also be used as an application process. They are renown for their excellent adhesion quality. As if that’s not enough, the plaster product also improves surface appearance and feel of leathers. Notable on this product is the shiny look you will get after a proper polishing.

Wear your leather clothes with style and a newfound appreciation for the manufacturing process!

Acrylic binders for leather finishing

What Are the Benefits of Acrylic Binders for Leather Finishing?

If you have taken a look at our website, you will almost certainly have noticed that here at Veco, we have a vast range of different acrylic binders for leather finishing available right now. If you have been considering using any of these binders, then you may have found yourself wondering about the many benefits that you can get by using them on your leather goods. Lets take a quick look at some of the many benefits that acrylic binders have to offer you.

    How Will I Benefit?

First of all, there is the fact that by using an acrylic binder, you can actually not only enhance the overall look of your leather goods, but you can also use it for special effects. The great thing about this is that you are able to get the end result that you want, rather than settling for second best. You can also get a more natural look if you choose the right acrylic binder for the job. The next step is choosing the right acrylic binder for your leather.

    How Do I Choose the Right Binder?

First of all, it is a good idea to take a look through all of the different acrylic binders that we have on offer on our website at the moment. By doing this, you will be able to get a much better idea of what we have to offer. However, you do need to make sure that you are using the right type of binder for the type of leather that you are using, and also that you are using one which will give you the end result that you desire. If you would like to find out more information then please get in touch with us today where one of our team will be happy to assist.

Matte Coats for finishing

   Matte Coats for Finishing

Veco is renowned for its stellar final products in the chemical and leather industry. It is not hard to see why. We have had over 40 years to mould and perfect their craft! Different products require different coating finishes. The matt coats for leather are a type of finish that gives the final product an opaque finish instead of a glossy finish. Below are the types of matte coats for leather finishing products:

  Vecoemul Opaco NT and Vecoemul Opaco VT

The Vecoemul Opaco NT and VT are nitroemulsion characterized by a white viscous liquid appearance. They both have an opaque appearance or can be defined as being opaque emulsions. The Vecoemul Opaco NT has the following distinct features:

  1. Incredible mechanical and physical strength
  2. pleasant touch
  3. Good quality matte

The main difference between the Opaco NT and VT is that the VT is an emulsion that has a low solvent content. The main features for the Vecoemul Opaco VT:

  1. Low solvent content
  2. delightful dry coating.
  3. Ease of reassembling

    Vecoloid Opacizzante

This is a matte paint that has a thick opalescent liquid appearance. According to us this is a “matt lacquer based on nitrocellulose.” It is a combination of nitrocellulose, plasticizers and polyethylene waxes. The Vecoloid Opacizzante should be stored in temperatures between 5˚C and 30˚C for maximum effect. The function of this product is in its name (“Opac” for opacity). It is used to produce final works that have varying degrees of opacity.

The features of the matt coatings mentioned above for the highlighted products can be used to make an informed decision about which product would best suit your needs. The opaque look and feel of the finished product is the x-factor that will make your products stand out among the others.

Chemicals for leather finishing

Chemicals for Leather Finishing

Leather in the tanning industry is a specialized product that undergoes manufacturing using a series of chemical combinations to get the right quality product. In the finishing stages specifically, there are chemicals for finishing that give the final leather product the edge. Chemicals for leather finishing come in various combinations. One type of combination is a wax chemical that is used in the finishing stages of leather working. Examples of products that are chemicals for leather finishing are mentioned below.

    Vecosol Filler CF & CR

Vecosol Filler CF is liquid wax emulsion used in leather finishing for items such as furniture and shoes. It is a spectacular waxy substance that smoothes the process of finishing by improving the sealing. It has a smooth and warm feel that helps in providing resistance to dry and wet rubbing. It has a film that is glossy and transparent in appearance. Vecosol Filler CR on the other hand, while it shares the same properties with its CR variant, it differs by being used solely for shoes. Not only that, but it is harder than the CF variant. It improves the process of ironing of the finishing process. Much like its CF counterpart, it also provides a smooth feel and look, and is resistant to wet and dry rubbing.

Vecosol Filler FI

This is an aqueous wax emulsion that is best suitable for finishing of soft leathers. It has a unique function in the finishing process of decreasing stickiness on the stack of the leather. It improves ironing process (much like Vecosol Filler CR). It doesn’t stop here though. It also gives the leathers a pleasant hand, making the finishing touch that much more refined and even more beautiful.

Never look at leather finishes the same way again!

Glossy coats for tannery

    How Can I Get Glossy Coats for Tannery?

If you are working within the leather industry, then one of the things that you may have noticed is that in some cases, glossy coats for leather are actually quite popular. However, if you are new to the industry, then you may well be wondering how you can achieve glossy coats for tannery purposes. The good news is that there are actually a range of ways that you can do this. Fortunately, we have the perfect solution for you, with our range of products that will help you to achieve the perfect glossy coat.

    How Do I Choose the Right Product?

Choosing the right product to apply a glossy coat is very important indeed. The last thing that you want to do is to apply a coat that is not suitable for the type of leather that you are using. It is important that you consider all of your options carefully so that you can make sure that you have the right product for you. First of all, take a look at the type of leather you are using. This will give you a much better idea of the type of product that you should be using to apply your glossy coat.

To get yourself started, the best thing that you can do is to take a look at the different options we have right now which will allow you to obtain that perfect glossy finish. As you will see from our product pages, we have plenty of options available for our customers. If you have any questions about any of the gloss products we have at the moment, then the best thing to do is to talk to one of our team. They will be more than happy to give you helpful, friendly advice on choosing the right product for you.

Fillers for leather finishing industry

How to Choose the Best Fillers for Leather Industry

If you are a part of the leather finishing industry, then you are no doubt eager to learn about all of the different products that can be used to enhance and protect leather goods. The good news is that there are thousands of different products available. One of the first types of product that you should think about looking into is fillers for leather finishing industry. There are so many different types, each offering something different as an end result. In order to choose the right one to use, you first need to decide which end result you wish to achieve.

What End Result are you Looking for?

First of all, if you take a look at the different fillers that we have, then you will notice that there are a lot of different types. Each of these offer a different effect. So, firstly, it is important to think about the look that you want to achieve. Are you hoping for a glossy finish? Perhaps matte is more your ideal end result? Whatever it is that you are looking for, you will be able to achieve it simply by choosing the right filler as a base coat.

Where Can I Find More Information?

If you are interested in using fillers for tanning, then the first places that you should look at are our product pages. Here you will see that there are many different options for you to learn more about that. By checking through each one of these products, you will be able to get a better idea of which one will meet your needs the best. If you have found a product that sounds right for you, but you would like to learn more information, then the next thing to do is to contact us. We will be more than happy to provide all of the information that you need.

NMP-free resins for clothing

Which NMP-free Resins for Clothing Do We Offer?

Here at Veco, we know just how important it is to keep your leather in perfect condition. It is because of this that we are on the market from over forty years to make sure that the products that you offer are of the highest quality. If you come to our website before, then one of the types of products that you may have found of interest are our NMP-free resins for clothing. If you already took a look then you will be already aware that we have many different types of resins to offer.

What Are the Benefits of These Types of Resins for Clothing?

One of the great things about our NMP-free resins is that they offer so many different benefits. First of all, there is the fact that your leather clothing will be much easier to care for. As well as this, the resins themselves offer a much easier application than some of the other options that are available at the moment. NMP free resins offer far better flex resistance than some of the other options, as well as offering more comfort when the clothing is being worn. These are just some of many, many advantages that come with using these types of resins for clothing.

Which NMP-Free Resins Do We Offer?

Here at Veco we know that what is suitable for one item of clothing may not be suitable for the other. This is why we have made sure that we have various options available to our customers. One of the resins that you may be interested in is the VECOSOL BINDER U 3030. This NMP-free resin is perfect for leather clothing, boasting a slippery, natural feel. If you want something that will offer elegance, then this is definitely the right product to help you take care of your leather clothing.

Matt coats for leather

Why Should I Use Matt Coats for Leather?

If you have seen the products that we have to offer on our website for your leather articles, then one thing that you might be interested in is applying a top coat to your product, whether this be clothing, shoe leather, upholstery or leather goods. The great thing about leather is that you can choose to add whatever top coat you like. One thing that many people are interested in learning more about is matt coats for leather. If you are thinking about buying one of these to add a matt finish to your product, then it is important that you learn about the benefits.

   What are the Benefits of Adding a Matt Coat?

What many people may not realize is that there are actually a number of benefits that come with adding a matt coat to leather. First of all, it will leave no shine behind. If you have a leather item that was matt in appearance when you purchased it, then the last thing that you want is for it to start getting shiny. By using a matt coat, you can eradicate this problem. Another good thing about using a matt coat is that it can actually clean and revitalize the leather itself. If you have leather goods, then the last thing that you want is for them to become dirty and dry.

  Which Matt Products Do We Offer?

We have a number of matt coats on offer to our customers. One of them that you may be interested in is the VECOSOL APPRETTO 1167. This is a polyurethanic anionic compound which adds a natural matt appearance to your leather and a gummy touch. The great thing about this product is that it can actually be modified by using other products from the range, so you can get the exact appearance that you want.

Leather Finishing Chemicals

The different leather products you see around you have been perfected to a smooth finish by people in the tanning and chemical industry. Leather finishing chemicals contribute towards making the final product a sturdy, durable product. One such company which deals with different leather products and uses chemicals during the manufacturing of leather is Veco. Their leather finishing binders are divided into three categories, namely:

  1. Acrylic Resins
  2. Polyurethane Resins
  3. Polyurethane Resins without NMP

Acrylic Resins

The one defining factor for these resins (applicable to all 3 categories as stated above) is that, according to us, they are “resins in aqueous dispersion”. There are two types of Acrylic Resins: Vecosol Binder A (311, 490 & 900) and Vecosol Impregnante. The distinctive feature about the Vecosol binders is that they are resistant to water. The Vecosol Binder A490 should be used when the intent is to get a finish that looks natural and has a soft touch. The A900 can be improved by using proper curing, thereby strengthening the features of the product. The Vecosol Impregnante L1490, according to Veco, is an “impregnating resin capable of give high grain firmness in any type of skin.”

    Resins Polyurethane &  Resins Without NMP

The resins polyurethane category has 4 Vecosol binders: U315, 412, 516 and 607. The U315 binder is especially used for clothing leathers. It is renowned for its softness and superior adhesion. The U412 and 607 have superior flexibility properties. The U516 showcases its excellent printability as a main feature.

The main difference between the Resins Polyurethane and Resins without NMP is that the latter does not have N-metilpirolidone. The Vecosol binders without NMP have the following main features:

  1. Resistant to water
  2. Excellent adhesive properties
  3. Good coverage

A little chemical goes a long way in making your favourite leather product!